Become a Festival Friend and help make Kilkenny Arts Festival one of Europe’s finest artistic celebrations.

For over 40 years we’ve brought a host of the world’s best artists to the beautiful surroundings of Ireland’s medieval city, showcasing Kilkenny on the global stage each August and generating more than €5 million per annum for the city and county. Making this possible is the support of dozens of local businesses, hundreds of local volunteers and thousands of loyal Festival-goers from near and far.

As an individual or business, you’ll find a range of Friend options and benefits available, from complimentary tickets and discounts to Festival Club membership and special events. Friends membership starts at just €95 (€50 for under-35s).

For more information, call the Festival Office on 056 7763663 or email friends@kilkennyarts.ie

€95 / €50 for under 35s and students
Benefits include:

  • Invitation to official Festival launch & opening party
  • Acknowledgement on Festival website & in brochure
  • Festival Club Membership
  • Special events for Friends during the year
  • Dedicated Friends’ newsletter
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€250
Benefits include:

  • Invitation to official Festival launch & opening party
  • Acknowledgement on Festival website & in brochure
  • Festival Club Membership
  • Special events for Friends during the year
  • Dedicated Friends’ newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • 2 Complimentary tickets * 
  • 5% Ticket discount **
  • No Booking Fees 
  • Ticket deals on selected events
  • Complimentary Music Notes programme

* From list of Festival highlight events
** Ticket discounts do not apply to special offers, bundles, workshops, children’s shows or tickets purchased directly at events

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€500
Benefits include:

  • Invitation to official Festival launch & opening party
  • Acknowledgement on Festival website & in brochure
  • Festival Club Membership
  • Special events for Friends during the year
  • Dedicated Friends’ newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • 4 Complimentary tickets * 
  • 10% Ticket discount **
  • No Booking Fees 
  • Ticket deals on selected events
  • Complimentary Music Notes programme
  • Dedicated booking service

* From list of Festival highlight events
** Ticket discounts do not apply to special offers, bundles, workshops, children’s shows or tickets purchased directly at events

Buy Now Download Application Form

€1,000
Benefits include:

  • Invitation to official Festival launch & opening party
  • Acknowledgement on Festival website & in brochure
  • Festival Club Membership
  • Special events for Friends during the year
  • Dedicated Friends’ newsletter
  • Priority booking
  • 6 Complimentary tickets * 
  • 15% Ticket discount **
  • No Booking Fees 
  • Ticket deals on selected events
  • Complimentary Music Notes programme
  • Dedicated booking service
  • Access to allocation of seats for sold-out shows ***
  • Exclusive invitation to preview dinner with Festival Director & selected artists
  • Acknowledgement on Funders board at Festival venues
  • Exclusive backstage access to meet visiting artists

* From list of Festival highlight events
** Ticket discounts do not apply to special offers, bundles, workshops, children’s shows or tickets purchased directly at events
*** Subject to availability

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